Boise strip mall will be international market

Developers hope their project will foster a sense of global culture and nurture small entrepreneurs.

Boise State Public RadioJuly 11, 2014 

A construction crew is busy renovating a dilapidated strip mall on the Boise Bench. It's just a big empty space with torn up floors, but by August it will be the Boise International Market. Lori Porreca is building the market along with her partner, Miguel Gaddi.

The market will be home to many small businesses, each in stalls. There will be 17 when it opens and more added later. The market will be in the strip mall at the southwest corner of the intersection at Franklin and Curtis roads.

As Gaddi stands in the main entrance of his construction project, he describes what it will be like. There will be half a dozen food vendors, from as many countries, against the left wall. An African clothing store will be to the right. The center aisle will have an Asian grocery store and Mexican bakery. A community meeting and performance space will be in the back.

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